Benedictine Places Sixth, Johnson 200M National Champion

Jordan Johnson and Kevin Paterson
Jordan Johnson and Kevin Paterson

Courtesy of Benedictine University

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Benedictine University men's track and field team placed sixth at the 2018 NCAA Indoor Championship in Birmingham, AL on the campus of Birmingham Southern University. Jordan Johnson earned the 200m National Championship on Saturday while also placing third in the 60m. Luther Newburn was also an All-American with a third place finish in the triple jump.

Newburn started the day with All-American honors after heading into the finals of the triple jump placed sixth but with a monster final jump, he earned a third place finish after a jump of 15.00m.

"I am so proud of Luther," said head coach Kevin Paterson. "He really battled in the end and his last jump earned him third place."

Later on in the day, Johnson competed in the finals of the 60m dash after placing third in the prelim's on Friday afternoon. His time of 6.80 was good enough to earn him third place and All-American honors.

His best performance so far was his 200m dash final race of 21.67 that earned him not only All-American honors but earned him National Champion honors.

"Words can't describe how hard Jordan has worked this season," added Paterson. "The title of national champion is only something that a handful of athletes can be proud of and he's one of them. I am so proud of him and so proud of this team for earning a sixth place finish at the NCAA Indoor after a 10th place finish last season."

Benedictine boasts a sixth place finish with a total of 26 points. On Friday afternoon, Matt Fleming placed 5th in the long jump to help the team to a sixth place finish. The Eagles left Birmingham with four All-American honors.

1. Mount Union – 41
2. North Central – 40
3. Rowan – 37
4. Eau Claire – 29
5. Lacrosse – 28
6. Benedictine - 26